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The pigmeat supply chain: pre-assessment for a Life Cycle Inventory

  • R Olea (a1), J H Guy (a1), H Edge (a1) and S A Edwards (a1)

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Formulating the inventory of relevant commodities to assess the life cycle of goods or services (LCI) is highly demanding on time and resources (Suh et al., 2004). Collected information is not always satisfactory to take account of all possible sources of environmental burdens (E-burdens) produced in the commodity supply chain. Several pre-assessment methods have been proposed to serve this function, although these have identified limitations; lack of previous experience and use of subjective cut off criteria are the most frequent weaknesses found (Suh, 2006). An objective pre-assessment method was developed as part of a life cycle analysis (LCA) for different pigmeat supply chain (PSC) scenarios.

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Green Design Institute. 2007. Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment. Carnegie Mellon University; http://www.eiolca.net (Accessed March 2008).
Suh, S., Lenzen, M., Treloar, G. J., Norris, G. 2004. Environmental Science and Technology, 38, 657–664.
Suh, S. 2006. Ecological Economics, 59, 7–12.

The pigmeat supply chain: pre-assessment for a Life Cycle Inventory

  • R Olea (a1), J H Guy (a1), H Edge (a1) and S A Edwards (a1)

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